In The Home Stretch - NFL Week 15 - Justin Rhoades - Raleigh, NC
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

  Well, I've been saying for the last few weeks that the Patriots and Steelers would come down to who can get home field advantage. In week 14, the Steelers made another furious, 4th quarter comeback with a field goal from Chris Boswell. This is becoming quite a trend the last few weeks.The Patriots however upheld a tradition of shitting the bed in Miami. Jay Cutler looked like the QB every body thought he was ten years ago and Kenyan Drake roasted the Patriots defense with 193 total yards. Not quite what the league was expecting, but that is what happens in the NFL. A week of unexpected outcomes.

  Back to the Steelers though, the combination of Antonio Brown and Leveon Bell are proving to be almost unstoppable. The defense of the Steelers is a different story altogether though. Since Shazier went down with that brutal spinal injury and put his entire future into question, the team has struggled against the run, tight ends, and really any plays stretching the defense sideline to sideline. In an up and down divisional game against the Ravens, Pittsburgh proved their resolve and ability to win in a multitude of fashions. This will prove valuable come January and should be fun to watch Sunday against the Patriots!

AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton

AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton

  The Jacksonville Jaguars proved to be the real deal by beating Seattle and almost causing a fight several times towards the end of the contest. Fans were even throwing things at the Seattle players during the scrum that resulted in several ejections and fines. It was quite a scene watching drinks fly as a Seattle player tried to climb into the stands and take matters into his own hands.

  This whole thing was an ugly look for the league and rained a little on the parade of the Jaguars winning an important home game in December against a former Super Bowl Champ. Oh well though, the games keep coming and luckily it didn't get too out of hand. The main story is really that the victory put Jacksonville in the driver's seat going forward and took over first place in the AFC South. An unexpected event to say the least, I can't wait to see how this shakes out. Now onto the picks!

Week 15 Picks  

Justin (2017 Season)

  • Outright - (114-782)                                             Week 14 - (6-9)
  • Spread -   (82-94-5)                                                              (3-10)
  • Over/Under - (84-96-2)                                                        (10-3)

Saturday, Dec. 16

4:30 p.m. ET

  • Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-5, 44)

8:30 p.m. ET

  • Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (PK, 46.5)

Sunday, Dec. 17

1:00 p.m. ET

  • Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-3.5, 39) UNDER
  • Baltimore Ravens (O) (-7, 40.5) at Cleveland Browns OVER
  • Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings (O) (-10.5, 42) OVER
  • New York Jets at New Orleans Saints (O) (-15.5, 47.5) OVER
  • Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5, 40) at New York Giants OVER
  • Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins (-4.5, 41.5) UNDER
  • Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers (-2.5, 47) UNDER
  • Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (-11, 38.5) OVER

4:00 p.m. ET

  • Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-2.5, 47.5) UNDER
  • New England Patriots (-3, 53.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers OVER
  • Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers (-1.5, 45) OVER

8:30 p.m. ET

  • Dallas Cowboys (-3, 46) at Oakland Raiders UNDER

Monday, Dec. 18

  • Atlanta Falcons (-6, 49.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers UNDER
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2017 Season Predictions (UPDATED)

Division Winners/Playoff Teams

AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers(30-27) vs New England Patriots  

AFC East - New England Patriots (12-4)

AFC South - Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)

AFC North - Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

AFC West - Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 1 - Tennessee Titans (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 2 - Oakland Raiders (9-7)

NFC Championship - Seattle Seahawks(27-20) vs Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East - Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)

NFC South - New Orleans Saints (12-4)

NFC North - Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

NFC West - Seattle Seahawks (11-5) 

NFC Wild Card 1 -  Los Angeles Rams (10-6)

NFC Wild Card 2 - Chicago Bears (8-8)

Super Bowl LII - February 4th, 2018

Super Bowl 52

Seattle Seahawks(37-34 OT) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


Justin is the Founder and Editor at Large for Rooted, A Gentlemen's Blog. He grew up in Illinois as a military brat but has made Raleigh his home for the last decade. These experiences influence his views expressed on The Gentlemen's Blog. He enjoys sports, politics, music, entertainment, and humor. For Justin, nothing is off limits. He loves to spend his free time with his wife and his pup, Bruce.